Installing a Printer Driver

Posted Friday, January 14th, 2011 by .

A printer driver is a piece of software that helps your computer and printer communicate. Since a printer and computer use different programming languages, the printer driver is necessary to provide a translation. When you are installing your new HP LaserJet P1006 printer, you will need to install a printer driver prior to printing with your HP CB435A toner, in order for it to work properly with the computer. It can also be useful to reinstall the driver when troubleshooting communication problems. There are a few different methods for installing the driver, depending on whether you are doing it within Windows, using a software CD, or using a downloaded driver file.

 

Installing a Driver with a CD

CDMost printers come with a software CD that includes the printer driver as well as additional software that will help you get more from your device. This is the easiest method, but the drivers may be a bit outdated. For more updated drivers, choose the downloaded file method below. For most models you are told to install the software before connecting the device, while others direct you to connect the printer first. Consult the manual, if possible, to find the correct order for your model.

  1. Set up the printer, install the inkjet cartridges or toner cartridges, plug it into the wall, and power it on. Leave the USB cable disconnected.
  2. Insert the software CD that came with your printer. (In many cases, the software wizard will run automatically. If not, click the Start button, click Computer, and double-click the icon of your disc drive. You also may need to find the Setup.exe file or a similar file and double-click it.)
  3. Follow the onscreen prompts to install the software. You may be asked to choose which parts of the software you wish to install. Check or uncheck the boxes as you wish.
  4. When prompted by the setup wizard, connect the USB cable from your printer to your computer.
  5. Follow the onscreen prompts to complete the installation.

 

Installing a Driver with a Downloaded File

Download ArrowDownloading the printer driver from the manufacturer’s website is often the best method, as it ensures you are using the most updated version. Visit the support section of your printer manufacturer’s website and enter your model into the search box. Choose the correct file for your operating system and follow the instructions below.

  1. Set up the printer, install the inkjet cartridges or toner cartridges, plug it into the wall, and power it on. Leave the USB cable disconnected.
  2. Navigate to the location of the downloaded file. The default location in Windows is the Downloads folder. You can find this by clicking the Start button, choosing Computer, then clicking Downloads in the left pane.
  3. Double-click the downloaded file to start the installation wizard.
  4. Follow the onscreen prompts to install the software. You may be asked to choose which parts of the software you wish to install. Check or uncheck the boxes as you wish.
  5. When prompted by the setup wizard, connect the USB cable from your printer to your computer.
  6. Follow the onscreen prompts to complete the installation.

 

Installing a Driver Through Windows

Windows PrinterWindows can often locate drivers for you using this method, but this is the least recommended, as it often doesn’t install the extra software that can help you get more functionality from your printer, only providing a basic printer driver.

  1. Set up the printer, install the cartridge, plug it into the wall, and power it on, then connect the printer to the computer.
  2. Click the Start button and choose Devices and Printers.
  3. Click Add Printer. The Add Printer wizard will open.
  4. Click Add a Local Printer, then choose ‘Use an existing port’, and click Next.
  5. Choose the manufacturer and model of your printer, then click Next. (If your printer isn’t listed, click the Windows Update button to check for additional drivers. If there are still none listed, you can click Have Disk and insert the driver CD included with your printer, or try one of the other methods.)
  6. Follow the onscreen prompts to continue the installation, then click Finish.

 

Whichever method you choose, installing a printer driver properly is important to ensure that it works properly with your computer. If you ever have communication problems or issues like printing blank pages, reinstalling the drivers can also be a good step in troubleshooting these issues.

Greg Gladman

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Greg Gladman has two degrees from the University of Cincinnati and prides himself on managing the operations and customer service at Ink Technologies. With a mind like a vault, he is full of useful and useless information, making him an asset to the company and to his Tuesday night trivia team. When he is not working, he spends his time bowling and playing golf. Greg dedicates much of his free time to raising money and awareness in support of the fight against blood cancers. You can find him on .

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